So far I thought I was doing good. Despite my burning desire to do so, I have not rocked the twins to sleep for naps. My AP (attached parenting) going ways say to nurse them into a sweet sleeping state, but my mother of 4 reality kicks in and I realize that rocking TWO babies will take some time. As much as I love (and I mean love) holding a sweet sleeping baby, I have 2 other kids calling my attention. So, I have been nursing them into a sleepy state, then swaddle them, then put them down very drowsy. After a few minutes I go to check on them and they are usually asleep. This has happened for the past 9 weeks and it has worked. They have both napped for 1 1/2 hours plus each time. Today they decided 20 minutes was sufficient, but fussed and cried the entire afternoon. The big kids were good, for a while. Then Vincent decided he was going to get crazy.
He did everything from torturing is sister to screaming to whining non-stop about a toy that he is perfectly capable of working, but insists that he can’t. After a second attmept at a failed nap I made the mistake of answering the phone. This caused Vincent to have another melt down. I hung up the phone and cried, I just let lose.
Vincent, being the Jekle and Hyde kid he is, came over and asked if he could help me. After I thanked him I went back to nursing the twins. Vinent then proceeded to ask me every 42 seconds for a cup of juice. I love that kid, really I do, but wow I was going insane!! This age really sees highs and lows.
On another note…yesterday we decided to work with the kids on learning to ride a bike. My mom (Nana) bought Vincent a good sized bike (with training wheels) a while back, but he just now gained interests in riding in. Last night we took him around the block and really encouraged him (through a lot of that typical 4-year-old whining) to ride the bike. It only took the first 3 houses to get him to calm down enough to learn how to ride the bike. After that he was dong a GREAT job, and we were so proud of him. He rode his bicycle all the way around the block. As a mom I want so badly to learn how each of my kids ticks, how they learn, what they love, etc. I had to work hard at cracking Vincent and I am so glad that I did. Now I am not going to lie, my frustrations were apparent, but after several deep breaths (by all of us), we got through it and we are all stronger because of it. Phew, 1 kid down, 3 to go.